Fascinated With Evil
Robert Wurtz II
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19 KJV)
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (John 12:35 NKJV)
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18 KJV)
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Romans 13:12 KJV)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV)
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them […]. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 5:8, 11; 6:12 KJV)
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (Colossians 1:13 KJV)
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:4–5 KJV)
When we speak of darkness, we are dealing with the condition of one being in rebellion against God and all that entails. Satan pioneered this condition and apparently proselytized one-third of the angels with him. This means that Satan, and his angels are agents of darkness; propagators of rebellion against God. We might also say that darkness is therefore a state in which God’s influence is absent through rejection. Jesus Christ came into the world as the light of the world. His influence exposed the works of darkness as evil. In fact, this testimony to the world that its works are evil is a primary reason why the world hated Christ.
Satan is the supreme agent of darkness and he wants his ways to become the accepted norm. He seeks to overthrow God’s influence so that his (Satan’s) evil ways are thought of as “good” and “right” and that God’s ways are “evil” and “wrong.” He was the first to call evil good and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20). Our whole culture is being systematically rewritten right now to accomplish this task. Every concept that has issued forth from God is being turned on its ear and twisted into something wicked. This is the very powers of Satan at work. These forces, according to Paul, are what we are wrestling against. The same force that turned a third of the angels away from God and into a destiny eternal damnation are at work today seducing the unsuspecting to join them in that destiny.
An Invitation to Satan
Satan does not pass up invitations. If you flirt with him, he will take the bait every single time. He doesn’t discriminate, he wants to rule every soul he possibly can. I recall as a child that homes would be set up a “safe houses” so that on our walk home from school, if we were being harassed or were hurt, we could walk up to the door and get help. These homes were identified by a sign in the lower window of the house. All the signs looked alike. It said to us children, “you are welcome to come here and you are safe here.” The sign identified the home as a safe house.
Likewise, we identify ourselves with the thing we want to be friendly with. If we want to be friendly with darkness and evil, we will identify ourselves with it. We communicate our intentions by what we identify ourselves with. Nobody has any trouble identifying Amish folks. They identify themselves a certain way to communicate who they are and what they are about. For some, they will feel a camaraderie and will be drawn to the identity; others will be repelled and have nothing to do with them. Why? Because the Amish telegraph their intentions by the way they carry themselves.
However, it’s not just the Amish… it is everyone. If we identify with evil we are telegraphing our desires to Satan and his angels. And he will respond! He never turns down a chance to move in on the person. When he sees people fascinated with evil, darkness, blackness, satanism, the occult, zombies, skulls, demons, skeletons, grim-reapers, death, wickedness, dragons, occult memorabilia, mind-altering drugs, and other such things — he moves in for the kill. He sees a person ready to lock arms with him in his crusade against God Almighty. He is looking at a person who wants to be on his team. This is common sense, but when a person is under the spell of evil, common sense is not common for them.
Symptoms of Destruction
The question an increasing percentage of people ask when we talk about these type things is, “what’s wrong with it?” What’s wrong with dressing in all black and wearing occult symbols? What’s wrong with dressing like a Goth or tattooing skulls and demonic symbols on my body? Well, nothing at all if you want to identify with darkness. If that’s your team, then that’s your identification marks. But what did Paul say concerning Christians? What communion hath light with darkness? Some people seem to almost get a high off of flirting with the demonic. They bring all manor of devilish things into their lives and then have the nerve to blame God when their lives are destroyed and their family is demon possessed.
God told Israel to throw down and ruthlessly destroy the altars and idols. Understand that a pagan idol is not a decoration for your home. Dream catchers, pentagrams, occult symbols, etc. ad infinitum, have no place in the Christian’s life. It is no different than the sign I used to see in the windows walking home from school shouting, “You are welcome here!” The devil knows where he is welcome; all he has to do is look at you and see what you are identifying yourself with and what fascinates you. It’s too late to play dumb once you’re demon possessed.
We live in a time like unto Sodom and Gomorrah. People will fragrantly identify themselves with Satan and darkness and then wipe their mouth as if they have done nothing wrong. They are only fooling themselves. The devil knows when he is welcome some place. For example, we woke up a few years ago and it was suddenly “OK” to watch people suck blood and engage in all manor of occult activity as long as we could attach the behavior to a seductive and romantic story line. What are you saying? “Come here Devil and bind thy neck with me; be my heifer that we might plow together.” What madness. What an invitation to total destruction!
I recall as a young child a woman being on the late night television that dressed herself as a seductive witch. Black hair, black dress, black eye-liner, black fingernails, black everything. When I think of that woman I think of Jezebel that was thrown down before the man of God and trampled to death for her evil. It was bad enough in the home of a sinner on late night TV, but what happens when all this is done in the name of fashion and expression?
Why would a Christian want to identify with God’s sworn enemies? Question: Do you like to flirt with darkness? You are opening yourself up to devils. You are begging to be demonized. If they who practice such things could see the demons swarming around them when they entertain evil they would not sleep at night. Demons are pictured even as scorpions in the book of Revelation (Revelation 9:3). Would you walk into a room with life sized scorpions for a night of entertainment? This is mere picture language meant to arrest our attention that these creatures mean business and their sting will devastate.
God told Israel in Judges 2 that he would not drive their enemies out from before them because they refused to stop the compromise, but that the enemy would become a thorn in their side. How much closer can a messenger from Satan get than “in your side” (2 Corinthians 12:7)? Not because you were being persecuted for the purposes of God, but because you opened the door to the Devil and he walked right in.
Run For Your Soul
I write these things because I have watched numerous people over the years flirt with the demonic and end up destroyed. The problem? Many people are simply in denial. The enemy has them duped into thinking that there is nothing wrong with these things. Symbols don’t mean anything; how I dress don’t mean anything; etc. Really? Then why is the Bible loaded with symbolism? From numbers to objects the Bible is loaded with symbols. From the brazen serpent in the wilderness to the golden lamp stands in the Revelation, we have symbols. We are warned not to touch evil things. Why? Because we are telegraphing our desires and intentions by what we identify with and what we entertain. The devil can take a hint. His song is as the old tune goes, “Just give me some kind of sign girl (boy)…” and he’ll come a running. It’s too late once the enemy gets a foothold in your mind and he wins you over to his cause. By the time you start justifying all these things you are already under his delusion. If you are involved in these things, flee even now! Run for your soul! Not as Lot’s wife who turned back to see one last time, but turn and run while there is still hope and you are still reachable.